Yes stoners, you read that correctly. On May 21st, I’ll be voting yes on both of the competing Los Angeles marijuana dispensary ballot measures (get the facts about them here). I didn’t come to this conclusion on a whim, so spare me the lectures about how I’m shooting myself in the foot. I’m supporting Measures D & F because I refuse to play into the petty political games that threaten to suck the life out of the MMJ movement .
The way I see it, we are all fighting for the same cause- autonomy. I love smoking marijuana, but to me legalization isn’t about my personal preferences so much as the preservation of civil liberties. Make no mistake; the propositions impose problematic regulations designed to limit access and ultimately patients’ freedom.
While I oppose such impositions in principle, I also recognize the reality of the situation. The city must contend with ongoing opposition to MMJ from local neighborhood groups as well as the federal government. At the same time, they need to respect state laws that demand safe, affordable access to medical cannabis patients. The only way to appease patients and prohibitionists alike is to compromise.
Fine. I can accept that. LA doesn’t need collectives on every corner; activists who say otherwise are letting their zealotry overpower common sense.Reasonable regulations are in order to get a handle on the LA scene. But I find Measures D and F equally suspect albeit for different reasons.Under normal circumstances, I would encourage patients to vote them down. But the California State Supreme Court recently empowered municipalities to ban dispensaries outright. So if all registered patient voters don’t take action on Tuesday, the city will likely pass another blanket ban. Except this time we will not be able to challenge the law on its face (prima facie).
I trust we can all agree that Propositions D & F are preferable in light of the inevitable alternative. I could go on about this topic for days, but I’ve whittled my reasoning down to the strongest and weakest aspects of each prop for your consideration.
The Best Part About Measure D
The Worst Part About Measure D
The Best Part About Measure F
The Worst Part About Measure F
We’re Damned If We Do, But Fucked If We Don’t.
I cannot, in good conscience, watch the community collapse due to infighting and apathy. On May 21st, I’m picking the hammer and the nail…and putting my energy into statewide legalization efforts. I’d like to remind everyone that we wouldn’t be having this conversation if we could’ve found common ground when Prop 19 hit the ballot. Here’s hoping history doesn’t repeat itself.
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